- Full-day tour of Andes sites from Mendoza
- Travel along Argentina’s Route 7, part of the Pan-American Highway
- Visit the villages of Potrerillos and Uspallata, and enjoy gorgeous views of the Andes
- See stunning natural sights like the Puente del Inca, a rock bridge over the Vacas River
- Marvel at the peak of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas
- Enjoy comfortable transport by air-conditioned coach and learn about the region from your knowledgeable guide
Recent Photos of This Tour
Aconcagua southside- tallest ...Photo by: Alessia A
USA, 12 2012
perto do aconquaguáPhoto by: salvador m
Juan Carlos Pringles Happy ...Photo by: Iris N H
Up the ski liftPhoto by: Guy W
Tour at Puente del IncaPhoto by: Cristina S
Puente del IncaPhoto by: Cristina S
Las Cuevas railroad stopPhoto by: Cristina S
AconcaguaPhoto by: Cristina S
Picheuta BridgePhoto by: Cristina S
Puente de IncaPhoto by: Alessia A
USA, 12 2012
What You Can Expect
Gaze out the window and watch the landscape change from urban sprawl to rolling vineyards to mountain peaks as you make your way along the highway, stopping at several points of interest. Stop first in Potrerillos, on the dammed lake of Embalse de Potrerillos. Here you can stretch your legs, grab some breakfast or a snack if you wish (own expense) and admire the snow-capped mountaintops you’re nearing!
Your next stop is Uspallata, a small mountain town that boasts more scenic alpine views. Get something to eat here (own expense) if you didn’t before – or if you’re still hungry! – and get ready to witness the highway scenery become more and more dramatic as you keep going west.
Continue about an hour to Puente del Inca, a natural rock bridge over the Vacas River, a Mendoza River tributary. The natural wonder, once visited by Charles Darwin, makes for some fantastic photos with its swirl of colored rock, so this is a good time to break out the camera! You’ll also visit the small community nearby to have lunch (own expense) and browse some local handmade goods if you’re interested.
Back on the coach, keep heading west toward Las Cuevas, on the border with Chile, and then turn off the highway for Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Americas at approximately 22,840 feet (6,960 meters). Your driver will take you to a prime lookout location so you can snap photos and enjoy the spectacular view.
Your last point of interest is Picheuta, a site of ruins by the indigenous Huarpe people, who lived in this part of Argentina from the 5th century BC.
The trip back to Mendoza is the same way you came, so relax as you admire the view from the other direction. You’ll be back at your hotel between 6:30 and 7pm.
The tour was great, the guide was extremely knowledgable and friendly. Was able to communicate very effectively on English and Spanish.
the guide and driver were great. Christ of the Andes was the high oint.
This is a fantastic tour and a must if you visit Mendoza. We had a wonderful guide who was friendly and spoke very good English. The views of the mountains are awesome, particularly the snow capped Aconcagua. An experience that will live in the memory.
Just perfect for us....not too many people and very nice guides! I would recommend this tour to those wanting a short excursion into the mountains.
After some confusion at the beginning (the tour guide, but not the tour bus came to pick us up) we were on our way out to the mountains, through the flatlands outside Mendoza, but then things got seriously high, all the way up to close to Aconcagua. What we really liked about this trip were the several stops on the way there and back - all different, some with nice things to do as well, I didn't realise I would be going up on a ski lift as part of the experience for example! Our guide (Antonella) was charming and spoke relatively good English, the words she couldn't remember she made up for in charm.
We stopped for lunch at almost the highest point (right near the Chilean border) - the lunch wasn't exactly haute-cuisine but it did the job.
A great tour, thoroughly recommendable.
Tour guide a girls, very competent and knowledged...
This is an amazing experience! Being at the top of the Andes Mountains was one of the most espetacullar activity I´ve ever done when travelling. I´d change only the restaurant we´ve stopped for lunch, but it´s not something that takes away the magic of what we´ve just seen!
The guide and the driver were very nice people. The driver showed to be experient on this route!
Lovely day out. The drive from Mendoza up to the old border crossing between Argentina and Chile was spectacular, particularly the drive up the winding mountain road to the Christ the Redeemer monument. Stopped off at a local restaurant for lunch on the return to Mendoza and this was really nice and good value. An enjoyable day out.
Excellent trip but upset by driver on three occasions. He had been smoking in the bus when we returned at the Chile/Argentina border and then the lunch stop........when I arrived in the bus at the border he still had a cigarette in his hand!! The third occasion was when he needlessly 'cut up' a small-car driver twice and nearly caused a serious accident. Most of his driving was good except for this serious incident.